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Finding a Job on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

There are numerous organizations at JBLM that post employment opportunities. If you'd like to work on base, there are several options:

Federal employment:

  • All U.S. government employment opportunities - including civil service positions, military technicians, and most non-appropriated fund activities (including JBLM MWR and Commissaries) are posted at USAJobs.gov.

  • JBLM AAFES (The Exchange, formerly BX/PX) hiring info is at http://odin.aafes.com/employment/base/ftlewis.htm

Military contracts:

  • Government organizations may contract for services or skilled support provided by private companies whose employees perform work on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. These companies post their own hiring announcements - JBLM does not have a list of available (or projected) vacancies, and is not involved in the hiring process.

  • Once hired, your employer will assist you in applying for base access through the installation's security office.


Armed Forces Community Services:

  • The AFCS Employment Readiness office provides resume and interview workshops, an annual job fair, and other employment counselling support to military family members -including information about requesting military spouse preference when applying for federal jobs.

  • JBLM Opportunities Unlimited* lists employment opportunities for military family members, transitioning service members, and veterans with non-federal employers in the local commuting area and private employers with career opportunities at locations nationwide.

  • Career fairs hosted by SFL-TAP and partner organizations for transitioning service members at JBLM are typically also open to military family members, veterans, surviving spouses and DoD employees.

Child, Youth & School Age Services:

  • The HIRED! Apprenticeship program provides opportunities for military teens to earn a stipend while developing skills and gaining valuable work experience: http://jblmmwr.com/cyss_HIRED.html.

  • Summer employment opportunities for high school and college-age military family members are listed as NAF positions on USAJobs.gov.

For Transitioning service members

The Servicemember For Life - Transition Assistance Program (formerly Armed Forces Career & Alumni Program, or ACAP) is JBLM's joint-service transition support organization. SFL-TAP helps service members and their spouses prepare for a smooth and successful transition from military service into civilian life.

Military career transition support:

Service members are encouraged to start the SFL-TAP process early (up to two years prior to separation for military retirees, up to 12 months prior to separation for most other personnel).

  • The JBLM SFL-TAP office is located inside the Hawk Transition Center (Bldg. 3271; 2nd Division Dr., Lewis North). Services include career counselling, interview prep and resume workshops, job fairs, and special career recruitment programs (Troops to Teachers, Helmets to Hardhats, etc.).

  • JBLM DHR Education Services has additional information about vocational training opportunities, apprenticeship programs and internships. Some programs can be completed while still on active duty at no cost to the service member, or are eligible for funding via your service's tuition assistance or GI Bill benefits. Internships are typically completed for experience or college credit. Apprenticeships include paid training and job search assistance or priority placement upon successful completion of the program.

  • JBLM Opportunities Unlimited* lists employment opportunities with local employers interested in hiring transitioning service members, veterans and family members and private employers with career opportunities at locations nationwide.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor, Camo2Commerce, RallyPoint 6, Hire America's Heroes, and other organizations frequently partner with JBLM to offer employment programs and services accessible via the SFL-TAP office.

  • For more information, visit Hawk Transition Center, call (253) 967-3258 or visit https://www.acap.army.mil/default.aspx.